On The Beach

Album: On The Beach (1986)
Charted: 12


  • The beach in question is in Formentera, an island off the coast of Spain. "That's where me and my wife became me and my wife," Rea said in a Songfacts interview. "Yeah, I was 'between the eyes of love.' It's a lovely island."

    Rea and his wife, Joan, have been a couple since 1968.
  • This single was in hot rotation on VH1 in 1986 (one year after the network launched), which helped it get attention in the United States, where Rea is known mostly for his debut single, "Fool If You Think It's Over." It remains a favorite song among his fans. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • The song originally peaked at #57 in Rea's native UK in 1986. Two years later a re-released version titled "On the Beach (Summer '88)" did rather better reaching #12.
  • The German Electronica music duo York enjoyed some success on the dance floor in 2000 with a tune also titled "On The Beach," which heavily sampled this song. Italian DJ Mauro Picotto's "CRW edit" helped propel their trance single to #4 on the UK chart.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

How "A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss" Became Rock's Top ProverbSong Writing

How a country weeper and a blues number made "rolling stone" the most popular phrase in rock.

Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"They're Playing My Song

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."

Female Singers Of The 90sMusic Quiz

The ladies who ruled the '90s in this quiz.

Jello BiafraSongwriter Interviews

The former Dead Kennedys frontman on the past, present and future of the band, what music makes us "pliant and stupid," and what he learned from Alice Cooper.

Best Band LogosSong Writing

Queen, Phish and The Stones are among our picks for the best band logos. Here are their histories and a design analysis from an expert.

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.